The Sept. 15, 2021, InkFreeNews story, “Remington Applauds Warsaw School Mask Mandate,” was revealing and disturbing. A full refutation of Dr. Remington’s comments would consume a great deal of newsprint. However, there are more general principles involved in this issue, which deserve the attention of Kosciusko County readers.
The comments and actions of the county health officer illustrate disregard for the principles of the Hippocratic Oath and the concepts of liberty, upon which these United States were formed. We must go back to the time of the Founders in order to seek guidance for our present situation. More specifically, I call the readers’ attention to Founder James Otis Jr. In 1761, James Otis Jr. resigned his post as Crown Prosecutor in order to defend several Boston merchants against the hated Stamp Act. His five-hour oration before the court was attended by quite a number of other Founders, and it was that event that sparked the liberty movement in the colonies. He had a statement in those times that still rings true today. He maintained that people who oppose Liberty do so for one or more of three basic reasons: “Guilt, Malice or Folly.” Translated in to modern American English, this maxim becomes “Pragmatism, Malice or Ignorance.” This statement is the yardstick by which all public officials should be judged, and that is especially true for Kosciusko County Health Officer, Dr. William Remington.
So, Dr. Remington, why do you oppose our God-given natural rights and liberties? Is it “Pragmatism, Malice or Ignorance?”
In any case, the remedy is clear. Dr. Remington should either resign or be impeached and removed from office. In these times we cannot tolerate arbitrary and capricious governmental dictates. Now, more than ever, the citizens of Kosciusko County and the sovereign State of Indiana and these United States of America need to demand the Constitution Solution.
Chris Magiera, M.D.